A HIDDEN JOURNEY

During a time of personal pain and unrest, in May 2020 I began to daily wander around the parks and cemeteries of Rome, Italy, the city where I now live and a place of subtle complexity and mystery. 

Those surroundings somehow dragged me in, pushing me to relentlessly look for things I actually didn’t even know myself. At first I was simply driven by my feelings of inner freedom and deep compassion. Then after a few months I started to sense a connection between a handful of those places. They were the ones where I could feel a sort of multilayered atmosphere in which I completely immersed myself: a dimension of time and space where plants, animals, objects and their relationship with each other silently revealed themselves as the traces of a hidden journey, of a walk through the night beyond death, darkness and decay to go back to what we all belong.

 

"Cimitero del Verano" monumental cemetery. Rome, Italy
"Parco della Caffarella" public park. Rome, Italy
"Parco della Caffarella" public park. Rome, Italy
"Laghetto dell'EUR" public park. Rome, Italy
"Laghetto dell'EUR" public park. Rome, Italy
"Parco della Caffarella" public park. Rome, Italy
"Parco degli Acquedotti" public park. Rome, Italy
"Villa Borghese" public park. Rome, Italy
"Cimitero del Verano" monumental cemetery. Rome, Italy
"Cimitero del Verano" monumental cemetery. Rome, Italy
"Parco degli Acquedotti" public park. Rome, Italy
"Villa Borghese" public park. Rome, Italy
"Cimitero del Verano" monumental cemetery. Rome, Italy
"Cimitero del Verano" monumental cemetery. Rome, Italy
"Parco della Caffarella" public park. Rome, Italy
"Parco degli Acquedotti" public park. Rome, Italy
"Cimitero del Verano" monumental cemetery. Rome, Italy
"Cimitero del Verano" monumental cemetery. Rome, Italy
"Parco dell'Appia Antica" public park. Rome, Italy
"Parco degli Acquedotti" public park. Rome, Italy
"Giardino degli Aranci" public park. Rome, Italy

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